Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Money Museum
The Federal Reserve Visitor Center is located in Chicago, Illinois, within the Federal Reserve Bank (1 of 12 in the US). Here students can take part in educational programs and visit the Money Museum, a fun and interactive learning center for students of all ages.
Featured exhibits within the Money Museum include Inflation, Historical Currency, Counterfeiting, the Million Dollar Suitcase, the Million Dollar Cube, and Fed Shreds. The Million Dollar Suitcase is an interesting display where students can have a free photo opportunity. They can touch the handle and see what a million dollars in 100 dollar bills! The Counterfeiting exhibit is where you will learn the difference between a real bill and a counterfeit one. The bank examines several bills each day.
The Federal Reserve offers guided visits that take about 30 minutes each. Features on the tour include a presentation, detailed information about the Money Museum, a short video about the Chicago Fed, and a question and answer session after the video. The presentation at the beginning is about the functions and responsibilities of the Federal Reserve System and the Chicago Fed. Come with your student group to this fascinating museum!